Public Junior High Schools in Japan are the Hidden “Black Companies”

Public Junior High Schools in Japan are the Hidden “Black Companies”

by Chris Dempsey
(Tokyo, Japan)

Public Junior High Schools in Japan are the Hidden “Black Companies”

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There is a word in Japanese: karoshi. It means death from overwork. I think few if any countries have a word for this. Though death from overwork happens in all countries at times, it seems to be so prevalent in Japan, that the Japanese have coined a term for it. There is so much I love about this country, however, one thing I dislike is how educational institutions and companies here treat their employees.

Lives with a good work-life balance are rare in Japan, but some companies border on abuse or even slavery in the way they treat employees here. Many foreign interns have died while training in Japan. It`s very sad. Another young intern, dying of a heart attack or suicide, seems to make the news monthly.

 

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About kintaro63

Writer and teacher in Japan
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